They had that curious kind of relationship, where they knew each other so well that they could say anything to each other. And they did. Even in front of me, the professional organizer.
I learned from the wisdom of these two strong women, as I worked in their home to prepare for an eventual move. Some people stick with you for a long time, because they teach you and share with you what you need to hear at a certain point in your life.
When I first met them both, I heard their stories of a life long friendship, two women related through marriage. They`d been there for the other for many years, including when my client`s husband died suddenly and at young age. Destined to stay together as friends, they lived together after their husbands had passed on.
Two strong women, always there for each other, whatever emotions and whatever illnesses showed up on their doorstep. Retirement, going back to school, breeding dogs, caring for the aging dogs, significant weight loss, chronic illness and finally a move out of state.
They made it through a lot, and that was just in the fairly short time I knew them both. When they decided to move together out of state, I assumed it was to be nearer to family for one or both of them. They did it, then in their 60`s, no small achievement for these two women on their own, but there for each other.
They did things for each other that were endearing. Sometimes they`d seem to annoy each other, but it was for the good of the other, often. She knew the other was right. It would simply take time to realize it; they knew each other that deeply.
We worked together for awhile, then I returned a year or two later for a few meetings. It was just great to see the changes they`d made, even beyond what we`d done together. Great, because it meant my client was ready to move onto her next chapter in life. And great, because I was so proud — they`d not only kept up our work, but had taken additional steps on their own.
I love this part of what I do ` learning from the wisdom of my clients, and being some part of assisting them to move onto their next chapter.
Alas, my client`s dearest friend in the world passed away last week, leaving what I imagine is a very deep hole in her heart and in her life.
Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you. ~Author Unknown